PSL heavyweights clashes
(FilOil Flying V Center)
5:00 p.m. – Cocolife vs Foton
7:00 p.m. – Cignal vs Petron
Heavyweights Cignal and Petron clash for the early lead of the PSL Invitational Conference (Thursday) at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
The HD Spikers and the Blaze Spikers, two of the toughest teams, collide at 7 pm, following the 5 pm batter between Cocolife and Foton.
After a string of unfortunate finishes, the HD Spikers made an off-season revamp and netted three of the best players in the country in Jovelyn Gonzaga, Honey Royse Tubino and Rachel Anne Daquis. They also tabbed Maica Morada to join an already solid crew led by Paneng Mercado, Janine Marciano, Cherry Vivas and Jheck Dionela.
The outcome of their debut match was very impressive as they eked out a pulsating 26-24, 20-25, 26-24, 13-25, 15-9 victory over powerhouse Foton on opening day.
Gonzaga led the way with 17 points while Paat and Daquis had 11 and 10 markers, respectively, as the HD Spikers displayed solid blocking prowess and a well-balanced offensive thrust in the marathon match that lasted two hours and 20 minutes.
The HD Spikers’ resolve would be tested as the Blaze Spikers will also be marching with sky-high morale.
Petron flexed its muscles right away and made quick work of Sta. Lucia, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21, in its first match.
Expected to draw crowd is the Cocolife vs Foton encounter.
Despite losing to Generika in their debut match, hopes are still high on the Asset Managers as Michele Gumabao delivered some flashes of brilliance while newly crowned NCAA champions Andrea Marzan, Rhea Ramirez and Mary Anne Esguerra of Arellano University proved they can play beautiful music with veterans Wensh Tiu, Rosemarie Vargas and Erika Alkuino.
Former Ateneo star Denden Lazaro will also make her much-awaited PSL debut against Foton, the same team that drafted her two years ago. (Axel Roman)